Shark Finning Statistics

SHARK FIN PERCENTAGE OF BODY WEIGHT

  • 4% of body weight

ONE BOAT IN GALAPAGOS CAUGHT WITH:

  • 19,018 fins = 479.6 lbs = USD $86,895,30

(Not sure on estimate sharks b/c not sure if taking 2 or 4 fins from sharks)

http://www.seashepherd.org/galapagos/defending-sharks.html

ESTIMATED THAT ECUADOR EXPORTS:

  • 279,000 pounds of shark fins (300,000 sharks) to China (in 2003)

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/05/international/americas/05sharks.html

  • 297 019.987 (134,726 (kg) of shark fins to Hong Kong 2008

http://na.oceana.org/sites/default/files/reports/OCEANA_international_trade_shark_fins_english.pdf

ONE POUND OF SHARK FIN WORTH:

  • Up to $300 dollars

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/09/14/earlyshow/living/petplanet/main6864999.shtml

  • 1 fin could be worth more that 1300 USD

http://na.oceana.org/en/news-media/press-center/press-releases/oceana-releases-new-report-at-cites-about-impact-of-global-shark-fin-trade-to-oceans

  • Whale Shark fins – $10,000

http://articles.cnn.com/2002-08-20/tech/fin.market.threat_1_shark-fin-shark-species-whale-sharks?_s=PM:TECH

SHARK FIN COST VS SHARK MEAT:

  • Small fins are $4 a pound vs 30 cents for meat

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/08/0822_sharkfishing_2.html

USE IN SHARK FIN SOUP:

  • 1/2 pound  (¼ kg) for two servings for an appetizer

http://www.ifood.tv/recipe/shark_fin_soup

METAPHOR:

Up to 10 million kg of shark fins (equivalent to the weight of more than 2,000 adult African Elephants) are exported annually to Hong Kong by nearly 87 countries, cites a new report The International Trade of Shark Fins: Endangering Shark Populations Worldwide released today by Oceana, the world’s largest conservation organization focused solely on marine issues.

 

TOTAL POUNDS OF SHARKS FINS EXPORTED TO HONG KONG IN 2008:

21,935,016.2 pounds (9,949,556 KG)

TOTAL NUMBER OF SHARKS KILLED PER YEAR:

Up to 73 million sharks are killed  each year to satisfy the demand of the international shark fin market6

http://na.oceana.org/sites/default/files/reports/OCEANA_international_trade_shark_fins_english.pdf

(Report from 2010)

 

HUMANS KILLED PER YEAR:

THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA’S ANNUAL REPORT ON UNPROVOKED SHARK ATTACKS TRACKED A TWENTY-FIVE (25) PERCENT INCREASE IN U-S WATERS. THE WORLDWIDE TOTAL REACHED ITS HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 2000…WITH SIX FATALITIES.

http://news.ufl.edu/2011/02/07/shark-2011-multimedia/shark-2011-video/

Worldwide, sharks attack only about 50 to 75 people each year, and only 8 to12 of the attacks are actually fatal.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/06/0603_020603_shark1.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/06/0603_020603_shark1.html

 

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